Makonde Statue on Custom Base 19.5″ – Tanzania – African Art


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This statue was carved in the style of the Makonde people of Tanzania. The statue features a timeworn figure with his hands resting on his belly. It is difficult to tell weather this statue was meant to be male or female due to lack of genitalia. The statue measures 18 inches tall, 19.5 inches including base, and weighs 5 pounds. There is damage to the ears and nose and large crack in the body along with general wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin





Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

18” figure | 19.5" including base

Width (Inches)

6” figure | 8" base

Depth (Inches)

6” figure | 7" base

Weight (Pounds)

5 lbs

Overall Condition

Damage to ears and nose. Cracking and wear and tear.


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Tribe Information

About the Makonde People

The Makonde people reside throughout Tanzania, Mozambique and Kenya. The groups living in Tanzania and Mozambique are divided by the Ruvuma River. Those on the Mozambique side are known as Maconde. The two groups have developed separate languages over time but share certain ideas.
The Makonde are a matrilineal society, meaning inheritances belong to women and typically, the husband will move to the village of his wife. Each village is an individual settlement with their own headman. There is no ruler of all the Makonde peoples.
Due to the remoteness of the Makonde, they did not have contact with the Europeans until the early 1900’s, although there is evidence of involvement with Swahili slave traders for centuries.